White Claws have recently become the drinks of the summer, and there are so many fun ways that you can make delicious drinks and desserts from White Claws.
Do White Claws freeze? Yes, but you should not leave White Claw in the can while you freeze it. The liquid will expand when it’s frozen, but the can won’t, so the can will crack or even explode if it’s left in the freezer. You can actually make delicious White Claw slushies and White Claw popsicles just with a few tricks!
So how can we freeze White Claws safely to make slushies and popsicles? Let’s take a look.
Can White Claws Freeze?
White Claw is a hard seltzer that has an alcohol base and usually a fruit flavor, which makes it a delicious summer drink.
Since the alcohol content is very low (about 5%, depending on where you live), the freezing temperature of White Claw is around the same freezing point as water (32°F). So yes, White Claws can freeze if you put them in the freezer.
But don’t toss your White Claws in the freezer just yet, because there are a few caveats!
The first thing you need to know is that water will expand when it’s frozen. Its volume can increase up to 9% when it becomes solid.
That may seem like good news — you’ll have more White Claw to enjoy! But, if you freeze White Claw in a can, the metal won’t expand to accommodate the liquid’s expansion.
The result? The can will crack or even explode as the liquid becomes too big for it to handle.
The second thing you need to know is that the carbon (bubbles) may escape from the liquid as it freezes, which means the White Claw may become completely flat when it’s frozen.
This is fine if you are making White Claw popsicles or White Claw slushies since you don’t need the fizz if you want to enjoy it when it’s frozen.
However, if you just want a cold drink, freezing White Claw may not be a good idea because it will lose all of its fizz when it melts.
Do You Have To Refrigerate White Claw?
White Claws are bottled in a tight-sealed can, so you don’t need to refrigerate them to keep them fresh.
Most people prefer to refrigerate their White Claws because they are usually better when enjoyed cold, especially on a hot summer day!
If you want your drinks to stay cold when you are traveling, it’s best to keep them in a travel cooler filled with ice rather than freezing the cans beforehand.
Although White Claws do not need to be refrigerated, we do recommend that you keep White Claws in a dry and cool area.
Extreme fluctuations in temperature may cause the liquid to expand and contract unpredictably, which may damage the can and even cause them to explode.
Does White Claw Go Bad?
When stored properly in a sealed can and in a cool, dry climate, White Claws do not go bad or spoil as fresh food does. However, they still have an expiration date.
This is because even though the seal is airtight, the CO2 may still be able to escape through the tiny air gaps, and after about a year, the fizz may dissipate, and the flavors will change.
That’s why it’s best to enjoy White Claw within the recommended timeframe so that the fizz and flavors are still intact.
If you have an opened White Claw that you can’t finish, you can store it in the fridge, but keep in mind that the bubbles will be gone the next time you drink it. An open White Claw can stay in the fridge for about 3 days before it goes bad.
If you are unsure whether the White Claw is still good, you can give it a sniff. If it smells off, then it’s definitely not safe to drink anymore.
If the White Claw smells okay but tastes bitter or sour, then it’s best to throw it away and open a fresh can.
How To Freeze White Claw
If you want to freeze your White Claw, pour the liquid into a plastic or silicone ice tray, and place it in the freezer. Do not freeze the entire can because the can will crack or even explode in the freezer.
Similar to water, White Claw will take about 6 hours to freeze completely, but it’s best to leave them overnight in the freezer. Once the White Claw is frozen, you won’t be able to see any fizz anymore, but the flavors will still be intact.
Once you have delicious frozen White Claw cubes, there are so many things you can make using them, including:
- White Claw popsicles
- White Claw slushies
- Use them as ice cubes in another drink for a little alcoholic twist without diluting the drink with ice water.
Read on to find out how to make some popular summer White Claw drinks and sweets!
How To Make White Claw Popsicles
White Claw popsicles are incredibly easy to make, and they are super refreshing for the summer.
You will need:
- A can of White Claw in your flavor of choice (12 oz)
- One cup of fresh berries (strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries are all great)
- Sugar syrup
- Six popsicle molds
First, smash the berries into a puree. You can also leave them as big chunks or blend them with the White Claw using a blender, depending on your preference.
In a pitcher, mix the White Claw with a tablespoon of syrup. The sugar will balance out the tartness of the berries, but if you don’t want the popsicle to be too sweet, you can also skip this step.
Fill each popsicle mold a third of the way through with the berries and the rest of the way through with your White Claw mixture.
Freeze the mold for at least 6 hours or overnight, and then you can enjoy your delicious and refreshing White Claw popsicles!
How To Make White Claw Slushies
Making a slushie usually involves blending ice with flavors so that you get a thick ice blend. Using frozen White Claw cubes is a great way to make a slushie without watering down the drink!
You will need:
- A shot of vodka
- A can of White Claw (flavor of choice), frozen into ice cubes
- Your fruit of choice (mango, berries, or another tart fruit would complement the flavors of White Claw very well)
Once you have gathered all of the ingredients, blend them in a freezer. The slushie may be a bit thicker, so you can add a little bit more White Claw or even fruit juice to loosen it up if that’s what you prefer.
After blending everything together, you should have a delicious White Claw slushie that’s super refreshing!